2017 Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster launched at the Beijing Motor Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on April 26, 2016

Audi is introducing its latest road machines at the Beijing Motor Show – the highly potent Audi TT RS Coupé and Audi TT RS Roadster. These newest iterations of the Audi TT RS Coupé and the Audi TT TS Roadster are powered by a new aluminum five-cylinder engine that provides up to 400 hp, or around 60 hp more than their predecessor.

This power plant in focus is the 2.5 TFSI five-cylinder that boasts of higher power output and performance despite the unchanged capacity of 2,480 cc. This power plant – named “Engine of the Year” six consecutive times – is now of lightweight construction and features lower internal friction and higher power delivery.

This allowed the engine to deliver 17-percent more output than its predecessor while developing up to 480 Nm (354.0 lb.-ft.) of torque available between 1,700 and 5,850 rpm. With these specs, this five-cylinder turbo engine allows the TT RS Coupé to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, while the Roadster can reach this speed in 3.9 seconds. Top speed is restricted at 250 km/h (155.3 mph), but could be adjusted to 280 km/h (173.9 mph) upon request.

This level of power is best utilized when a vehicle offers the best traction. That is why power from the engine is sent via a quick-shifting seven-speed S tronic transmission to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

This system features a multi-plate clutch that distributes the power spontaneously between the axles, thereby resulting to strong grip and corresponding driving pleasure. Moreover, that wheel-selective torque control allows for a more agile and safer handling. Drivers could also exert some control over the quattro drive and other elements like steering, S tronic, engine characteristic and exhaust flaps through Audi drive select system, which allows for four drive modes: comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual.

Contributing much to the superb performance of the new Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster is its sporty chassis, which has a direct steering that allows for closer contact with the road. Placed at the front axle are ventilated and perforated steel discs as standard, or lighter and abrasion-resistant carbon-fiber ceramic discs as options.

A steel monoblock disc is employed at the rear axle. Also available is RS sport suspension with adaptive dampers in magnetic ride technology that enables the damping characteristics to be manipulated electronically. Its control technology is also integrated into the Audi drive select.

Stefan Knirsch, Audi Board Member for Technical Development, noted the technologies found in the new Audi TT RS, including the new 400-hp aluminum five-cylinder engine, the quattro drive and the Matrix OLED technology in the rear lights.

Exterior Design

Wrapping the potential of the new Audi TT RS is an exterior that is athletically streamlined. Measuring 4.19 m (13.9 ft.) in length, 1.83 m (6 ft.) in width and 1.34 m (4.5 ft) in height, the new Audi TT RS is marked by a singleframe grille with a newly designed honeycomb grille and quattro logo, large air inlets, a fixed rear wing and two large, oval exhaust tailpipes. The sporty car features aerodynamically shaped side sills along its flanks.

Interior Design

While the exterior conveys the dynamic and athletic nature of the new Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster, the interior exudes the same, with the main focus on the driver. For instance, all information is displayed, as standard, on the fully digital Audi virtual cockpit with 12.3-inch screen with a choice of three views. This includes the special RS screen that does not only emphasize the rev counter but also provides information on tire pressure, g‑force and even torque.

Audi’s virtual cockpit also comes with a shift light that provides alerts when the engine speed limit is reached. The RS sport leather steering wheel comes with shift paddles as well as two operating satellite buttons -- in addition to multifunction buttons -- for turning the engine on and off and for the Audi drive select. This configuration allows the driver to keep his or her hands on the wheel at all times.

Moreover, the exhaust flap control could also be controlled through the sound button on the center console. Interestingly, the new Audi TT RS benefits from the availability of infotainment and connect technologies. Customers may avail of the optional MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, free text search and natural voice control and the likewise optional Audi connect online module with Wi-Fi hotspot.

Meanwhile, Audi phone allows inductive charging of compatible phones and even pairs them with the onboard antennae for optimal reception. Moreover, new Audi smartphone interface technology could display certain apps from the phone directly in the Audi virtual cockpit. Boosting the audio experience inside the new Audi TT RS is the Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Price

Audi will be marketing the new Audi TT RS under the Audi Sport label, with sales in Europe set to commence in fall 2016. Starting prices for the Audi TT RS Coupé and Roadster are EUR66,400 and EUR69,200, respectively.

Matrix OLED technology offered as an option for the rear lights

For the first time in a series-production Audi, Matrix OLED technology is offered as an option for the rear lights. OLEDs emit a homogeneous and high-contrast light that can be continuously dimmed. Since this kind of light does not cast shadows and does not require reflectors, OLEDs are an efficient and visually impressive proposition.

Each rear light features four wafer-thin units that become more diminutive from the inside out -- the biggest of which carries the TT logo and the four Audi rings. As standard, the new Audi TT RS features LED rear lights and LED headlights as standard, although the latter could be specified as intelligently controlled Matrix LED units.

Press Release

Stronger than ever: new Audi TT RS Coupé and new Audi TT RS Roadster

The sound: inimitable five-cylinder. The performance: tremendous at 294 kW (400 hp). The traction: inexhaustible thanks to quattro drive. As the sporty spearhead of the TT series, the new TT RS* is to be marketed under the Audi Sport label. At the Beijing Motor Show, Audi is presenting its Coupé and its Roadster for the first time to the world’s public. Sales in Europe will begin in fall 2016.
“The new aluminum five-cylinder engine delivers 400 hp, which is 60 hp more than its predecessor,” says Dr.-Ing. Stefan Knirsch, Audi Board Member for Technical Development. “Together with the quattro drive, it ensures sporty driving pleasure with maximum traction. Audi uses Matrix OLED technology in the rear lights for the first time.”

Impressive performance: the new five-cylinder engine
A jury of international motor journalists has voted the 2.5 TFSI “Engine of the Year” six times in a row. Now Audi has further developed the five-cylinder engine in all areas – with lightweight construction measures, reduced internal friction and increased power delivery. As a result, the turbo engine gains a good 17 percent increase in performance at an unchanged capacity of 2,480 cc. At 294 kW (400 hp), it is more powerful than ever before. The maximum torque of 480 Nm (354.0 lb-ft) is available between 1,700 and 5,850 rpm. It ensures fantastic pulling power, which accompanies the unmistakable sound. Cylinders positioned directly beside each other and far away from each other fire in alternation. This brings with it a very special rhythm. The TT RS Coupé accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.1 mph) in 3.7 seconds, the Roadster in 3.9 seconds – this corresponds to the level of a supercar. Audi regulates the top speed at 250 km/h (155.3 mph), or at 280 km/h (173.9 mph) upon request.

For the best traction and plenty of driving pleasure: the quattro drive
The forces of the 2.5 TFSI engine flow via a seven-speed S tronic, which shifts at lightning speed, to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Its multi-plate clutch distributes the power freely between the axles. This provides strong grip and immense driving pleasure. The wheel-selective torque control makes handling even more agile and safe. Using the Audi drive select system, the driver can influence the quattro drive and other components such as the steering, S tronic, engine characteristic and exhaust flaps. The four modes available for this are comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual.

Pure dynamics: the chassis
In addition to its light weight, the Audi TT RS has its sporty chassis to thank for its outstanding handling. The direct steering provides close contact with the road and makes it a pleasure to drive challenging winding stretches. At the front axle, ventilated and perforated steel discs are in action behind the 19-inch wheels – or 20-inch forged lightweight wheels as an option. Alternatively, lighter and particularly abrasion-resistant carbon-fiber ceramic discs are available. At the back, a steel monoblock disc is used. As an option, Audi supplies RS sport suspension plus adaptive dampers in magnetic ride technology. In this case, the damping characteristics can be influenced electronically. The control technology is integrated into the driving dynamics system known as Audi drive select.

New feature: Matrix OLED lights
For the first time in a series-production Audi, Matrix OLED technology (organic light emitting diode) is used in the rear lights as an option. These emit an extremely homogeneous, high-contrast light. The light can be continuously dimmed, it does not cast any shadows and does not require any reflectors – this makes the OLEDs in 3D design efficient, light and visually impressive. Each rear light contains four wafer-thin units which become smaller from the inside out. The biggest bears the TT logo and the four Audi rings. The TT RS has LED rear lights and LED headlights as standard. Alternatively, the latter are available as intelligently controlled Matrix LED units.

Athletically streamlined: the exterior design
Large air inlets, a Singleframe grille with a newly designed honeycomb grille and quattro logo, a fixed rear wing and two large, oval exhaust tailpipes – the new TT RS Coupé and the new TT RS Roadster exude concentrated power. Along the flanks, aerodynamically-shaped side sills emphasize the dynamic design. Both models measure 4.19 meters (13.9 ft) in length, 1.83 meters (6 ft) in width and 1.34 meters (4.5 ft) in height.

Inspired by racing cars: the cockpit
Controls and display in the new TT RS are focused completely on the driver. All information is displayed as standard on the fully digital Audi virtual cockpit with 12.3-inch screen. The driver can choose from three views, including a special RS screen that highlights the rev counter and provides information on tire pressure, torque, and g‑force, among other things. The Audi virtual cockpit also displays a shift light which informs the driver that the engine speed limit has been reached. For the first time in the RS portfolio, the RS sport leather steering wheel with shift paddles has two operating satellite buttons for turning the engine on and off as well as the driving dynamics system known as Audi drive select, in addition to multifunction buttons. This means that the driver’s hands stay on the wheel at all times. The driver can influence the exhaust flap control via the sound button on the center console.

Best entertainment: infotainment and Audi connect
Audi also offers a huge amount of high-end infotainment technology. The options include MMI navigation plus with MMI touch including free text search and natural voice control, as well as the Audi connect online module with Wi-Fi hotspot. Using Audi phone box, compatible cell phones can be charged inductively and paired with the onboard antennae for optimal reception. The new Audi smartphone interface technology displays selected apps from the cell phone directly in the Audi virtual cockpit. The Bang & Olufsen sound system is a highlight for fans of excellent acoustics.

Golden Fall: market launch
The new TT RS models will be launched on the European market in fall 2016. The Coupé prices start at 66,400 euros, the Roadster is listed at 69,200 euros.

 

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